David Steward II is an Academy Award-winning producer who owns and operates multiple companies with a mission of creating, discovering, and highlighting multicultural and diverse content in the entertainment industry. In 2011, he founded Lion Forge, a St. Louis-based transmedia studio designed to create content for all audiences. Then in 2018, he founded Polarity, which oversees operations for a portfolio of companies that specialize in graphic novels and comics, animated television, streaming and cinematic features, and gaming. A year later, Polarity launched the Lion Forge Animation Studio, which produced “Hair Love,” winner of the 2020 Oscar for “Best Animated Short Film.” The studio plans to highlight animators of color as it grows a stable of properties under the Lion Forge banner.
Moderator: Dr. Oscar Williams, David Steward II, Carl Reed, Terry Baker, Justin Savage, Ayoka Lawson